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How random is random?

October 08, 2012
Well-established methods for surrogate data fail to produce linear time series [more]
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1000 Bursts with Fermi!

October 01, 2012
On 21 September, the gamma-ray burst monitor (GBM) instrument onboard the Fermi satellite detected its 1000th cosmic explosion. It lasted for around 3 seconds, and consisted of a single large pulse of gamma-rays. Automatically detected by the GBM, an alert was sent to the ground that was then relayed to a worldwide team of astronomers just a few seconds later. [more]
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Patricia Schady receives Sofja Kovalevskaja Prize

August 22, 2012
This week, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation announced that Patricia Schady, astronomer at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE), will receive the Sofja Kovalevskaja Prize. Financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the prize is awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for the scientific achievements of exceptionally promising young scientists and young researchers from abroad to allow them to establish an independent junior research group at research institutions in Germany. [more]
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Three dimensional map of the Universe now available to everyone

August 08, 2012
The Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-III) has released the largest-ever three-dimensional map of massive galaxies and distant black holes, which will help astronomers explain the mysterious "dark matter" and "dark energy" that scientists know makes up 96 per cent of the universe. Early last year, the SDSS-III released the largest-ever image of the sky; the new data have begun to expand this image into a full three-dimensional map. "Data Release 9" (DR9), released last week, publically releases the data from the first two years of this six-year project. [more]
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MPG trainee award for Dennis Cziasto

August 01, 2012
This year, the Max Planck Society granted a trainee award to Cziasto Dennis for his outstanding achievements as an apprentice at the MPE, where he finished his training to become an industrial mechanic. Since 2007, the "Trainee Award of the Max Planck Society for outstanding achievements in vocational training" recognises not only outstanding professional and academic achievements but also remarkable social commitment during the training and personal development. [more]
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John Kormendy appointed External Scientific Member of MPE

July 24, 2012
The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics is delighted to announce that Prof John Kormendy of the Astronomy Department of the University of Texas at Austin has been appointed an External Scientific Member of MPE. John Kormendy is world famous for his work on the structure and dynamics of galaxies as well as for his search for supermassive black holes in galaxy centres. He holds the prestigious Curtis T. Vaughn Chair in Astrophysics at the University of Texas at Austin and is an Associate Editor of the Annual Review in Astronomy and Astrophysics, the premier review publication in Astronomy. [more]
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Order of the Rising Sun awarded to Prof.Trümper

July 19, 2012
On 29 April 2012, the Japanese Emperor awarded the "Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon" to the German astrophysicist Professor Joachim Trümper. The former MPE Director is honoured for his outstanding contribution to scientific cooperation between Japan and German and for fostering staff exchanges over the course of many years of work. On 10 July 2012 the Japanese ambassador officially bestowed the Order to Trümper in Berlin. [more]
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Looking into the dark: Ahead with the Euclid mission

June 20, 2012
On 19. June, the European Space Agency (ESA) formally adopted the largest collaboration of astronomers in the World, including scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics to help build the Euclid satellite. Euclid will study the ``Dark Universe” with great precision, tracing the distribution and evolution of the enigmatic dark matter and dark energy throughout the Universe. [more]
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Fellowship for MPE PhD student Agata Karska

June 18, 2012
On 18 June 2012, Agata Karska from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching receives a special grant from the "For Women in Science" Programme of the German National Commission for UNESCO and L'Oreal, which is awarded in collaboration with Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Foundation. Since 2006, the prize is awarded annually to three doctoral students for their outstanding scientific work. For one year they receive a grant of € 20,000 each, in order enable the researchers to spend more time on their scientific work by providing additional child care but also to support training activities. The award ceremony will take place on 18 June 2012 in the framework of a symposium of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research on "excellence and equal opportunities" in Berlin. [more]
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Tycho Brahe Prize for Reinhard Genzel

June 01, 2012
The European Astronomical Society has announced that the 2012 Tycho Brahe Prize will be awarded to Professor Reinhard Genzel, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to European near-infrared instrumentation and for ground-breaking work in galactic and extragalactic astronomy. [more]
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How interstellar beacons could help future spacecraft find their way across the universe

April 12, 2012
The use of stars, planets and stellar constellations for navigation was of fundamental importance for mankind for thousands of years. Now a group of scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching have developed a new navigation technique using the periodic signatures of neutron stars. With this method, future spacecraft will be able to navigate across the universe - independently from Earth. Team member Prof. Werner Becker presented their work at the National Astronomy Meeting in Manchester end of March. [more]
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Ewine van Dishoeck and Peter Hagoort receive prestigious prize from Dutch Academy of Sciences

April 05, 2012
This year, the Academy Professor prize of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) is awarded to Ewine van Dishoeck, professor in molecular astrophysics at Leiden University and external scientific member of the MPE, and Peter Hagoort, professor of cognitive neurosciences at the Radboud University Nijmegen. The prizes, both 1 Million Euro, are meant as a lifetime achievement award for scientists that have proven that they are at the very top of their discipline. There are two annual prizes: one in the social sciences and humanities, the other in the natural and technical sciences. The awards ceremony will take place on 21 June 2012. [more]
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